Okay, admit it. You've Googled yourself. Everyone does it. But I haven't done it in a long time and when I did, I was amazed at how many places my name is stamped across the interwebs. Like, seriously amazed! I mean, I don't use Goodreads, have never been there until today, but I have an author page. Weird! I even have reviews....
Because my name is unique (the only 5 Larkindales in the world are my parents, my sister, me and one of my sons - the other has his Dad's last name, just to be confusing) Googling myself is easy. Any mention of Larkindale is going to be someone in my family. But what is interesting is how many places my name shows up.
Blog comments seem to be the most prevalent, and my film reviews. Various interviews I've given about cinema related stuff, my published stories. All these things pop up when I Google my name. More disturbing are the people finding sites which appear to not only have my name, but my email addresses, a photo which I don't even recognize (where did they get it???) and numerous other pieces of personal information. It's a little scary.
I live a lot of my life on the internet and always assume that while I'm not anonymous, there aren't people tracking my every move. But it appears this is not the case.
Have you Googled yourself lately? Found anything peculiar or scary? What do you do about it?